Close to Rome Luxury Suites is Via Condotti, Rome’s most fashionable shopping street. This arrow-straight street dates back to ancient Rome, and is named after conduits which carried water to the Baths of Agrippa. Starting at the Spanish Steps, the glittering avenue brims with flagship stores for superstar designers, including Prada, Bulgari and Valentino. You can stop for a coffee at Caffé Greco, following in the footsteps of Keats and Byron, and admire the stately architecture dotted amid the designer stores: Palazzo di Malta, Palazzo Della Porta Negroni Caffarelli & Chiesa della Santissima Trinità degli Spagnoli.
Leading from the Spanish Steps towards Piazza del Popolo is Via Babuino, ‘street of the Baboon’, so named after a craggy-looking statue on a fountain on the street. It’s appropriately twinned with Madison Avenue in New York, and is packed with more designer stores, historic labels such as Italian hatters Borsalino, and funky independent shops: see our hand-picked local recommendations in ‘A Roman Notebook’.